Just weeks after agreeing to lay down $5.6 billion for Sun Microsystems
So now Oracle owns three different virtualization products: Sun's xVM suite, Virtual Iron's eponymous package, and its own Oracle VM. Curiously, all three solutions borrow the crucial hypervisor component, which helps you manage a multitude of virtual machines from a central point, from the previously open-source Xen project. Citrix Systems
Of course, with VMware
For Oracle, this was a savvy deal that adds a well-respected software offering to an already burgeoning portfolio. Virtual Iron's low-cost one-stop-shopping product has appealed to small and medium businesses while Oracle traditionally grabs large enterprise accounts first. So Larry Ellison just grew his addressable market for virtualization -- and will probably follow up with package deals for databases and middleware. Nice move, Larry.
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